Mercersburg Academy placed sixth at the Holloway Invitational wrestling tournament at St. James on Saturday with 85 points.

Joseph Yonke finished second in the 113-pound weight class with two pins. At 160, Nick Furigay finished fourth, while Slater Laird placed third in the 220 weight class. Stefano Antoniazzi finished second at 285.

Blue Storm coach Nate Jacklin said, "With such an inexperienced team it was hard to know what to expect going in to the tournament, so I was very pleased with the effort and aggressiveness today. We had several wrestlers just one win away from placing -- Thomas Yonke (120), Chris Fazekas (132), Nick Wertz (182), Brendan Loveng (182) and Nico Critides (220)."

Fourteen schools competed in the St. James tournament, won by Paul IV.


The Mercersburg Academy boys and girls swimming teams swept the Hill School on Sunday with scores of 104-81 and 107-77, respectively. Both the boys and girls had nine first-place finishes.

Stephanie Downing was the top female finisher for the 200 freestyle with a 1:57.30 finish. Downing also took first in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.41. Ally Armbruster took first in the 500 free, finishing in 5:24.47, while Lindsay Tanner won the 200 IM with a 2:15.30 time. Danielle Pong rounded out the individual first-place finishers for Mercersburg, winning the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.63.

The boys took first in the 200 free, won by Andrew Zhugayevich in 1:46.79 and the 200 IM, finished by Tyler Russell in 2:03.55. Russell also won the 100 backstroke win 54.69. Jake Girard won the 100 fly in under 56 seconds, while Logan Cort took the gold in the 500 free with a 5:04.02 finish. Alistar Matsuda won the 100 breaststroke (1:00.89)

Girls Relays

200 medley -- 1.Mercersburg (Ally Armbruster, Danielle Pong, Sarah O'Leary, Lindsay Tanner), 1:49.44

200 freestyle -- 1.Merc (Stephanie Downing, Morgan King, Danielle Pong, Abby Voce), 1:41.61

400 freestyle -- 1.Merc (Armbruster, Lauren Ferner, Courtney Lewis, Tanner), 3:41.71

Boys Relays

200 medley -- 1.Merc (Tyler Russell, Alistar Matsuda, Ben Carter, Jake Girard), 1:40.14

200 freestyle -- 1.Merc (Andrew Zhugayevich, Carter, Eric Oh, Girardi), 1:27.24

400 freestyle -- 1.Merc (Carter, Girard, Dilin Massand, Zhugayevich), 3:16.07

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